Cory Corbett is an Arkansas native, born in Rogers in 1979. She works in water-based clay, building up her pieces over an armature and then finishes the pieces with paint, glaze, or wood stain.
There are authentically real moments happening around us all the time but few of us see them or register them. We humans go to great lengths to hide such raw emotion behind a facade mixed with reservation and propriety. When I see those moments in real time or captured in images or movies, it inspires me to express them in my art. A startled reaction, a knowing gaze, an expression of pure joy or rage are all things I try to share in my works. As my collection evolves, and as my talent changes, I find myself sculpting pieces that, hopefully, generate those authentic reactions in the people that view them. Every puzzled look, critical glare or precious smile given in reaction to my work is food for this artist's soul. I hope together we can move toward a more honest world where genuine emotion is expressed freely.
Shelley, a self -taught artist, holds a B.A. in Sociology, and has been making art objects since early childhood. Her Uncle, a renowned sculptor and set-designer, was amongst her earliest influences. Her use of vibrant color, spirals, and eyeballs bring a sense of freedom, relief and joy to the collection, mirroring her open and exuberant experience of being an artist and a human.
Her artwork has been included in group and solo exhibitions and private collections throughout the World. Shelley’s artwork titled; Yayoi was included in an exhibition in NYC at Printed Matter, celebrating Yayoi Kusama. Shelley currently resides in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Fashion designer and University of Arkansas alumnus Rulli Torres has had a passion for fashion since he was five years old. He used to watch his mom sew dresses for his sisters and calls her his biggest inspiration.
His family moved to Arkansas where he started high school. After graduating from Rogers High School, he attended NorthWest Arkansas Community College where he majored in graphic design. He later attended the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville where he completed a bachelor’s in fashion design in 2011 and in 2013, he launched his own label. Rulli specializes in women’s gowns but he enjoys working with ready-to-wear custom orders, costumes, bridal, and anything related to apparel or designing.